Review: Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi

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Genre: Comedy
Duration: 135 Minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 24-AUG-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3 on 5

Story:
Horticulture professor Happy (Sonakshi Sinha) arrives in Shanghai and the other Happy (Diana Penty) along with husband Guddu (Ali Fazal) also lands up in the Chinese city at the same time. Gangsters who’ve come to kidnap Happy and her husband, pick up the wrong Happy, while Guddu and his wife Happy are escorted to a university to deliver a lecture.

Overall Review:
Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is sequel of the sleeper HIT, Happy Bhaag Jaayegi. The sequel is directed by Mudassar Aziz and focuses on Sonakshi Sinha (Happy). Jassi Gill, Punjabi singer plays the lead opposite Sonakshi. Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is the story of mistaken identity that takes place in the neighbouring country of China. Madness across the border is the byline for the Happy series and this time, the action moves from Pakistan to China. When Professor Harpreet Kaur lands in Shanghai, the last thing she would have on her mind is getting kidnapped. A crazy comedy of errors unrolls as the ‘Happy’ gang – Bagga, Guddu, Happy and Usmaan Miyaan – navigate through China while Harpreet, aka Happy is caught in the crosshairs. Film’s story is based on a wafer thin plot and doesn’t have much logic in it but the humor makes up for it. Although, the subject of the film is good and the content seems to be rich, the film fails to do justice to the story plot for various reasons. The story gets dragged in the second half & songs are forced. Sonakshi Sinha and singer Jassie Gill are the new additions to the original that was dominated by Diana Penty as the feisty Punjabi lass who does a runner in her wedding to Baaga. There’s very little of Penty in the second instalment. Sonakshi Sinha brings in freshness with her portrayal of happy and never disappoints. Jimmy Shergill maintins the mixture of swag, charm & amuse. Piyush Mishra is equally good. Jassi Gill surprises big time. He shares few of very hilarious scenes & leaves his mark. Mudassar Aziz’s screenplay is engaging but one wishes he had done something about the loose ends. Sohail Sen’s soundtrack is a pretty forgettable one. The background score is weaved very well with the story line. The Chinese touch to the score goes well with the scenes. Dialogues by Mudassar Aziz are one of the the main reason for which this film will work Despite having loose ends (especially in Screenplay and Editing in second half), Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi has smart, sassy one-liners and it has its own appeal. Overall, 135 minutes comedy caper manages to make audiences laugh.

PDF Verdict:
Mudassar Aziz does a fine job with the Sequel and makes Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi a fun-filled family entertainer. You are likely to walk out of cinemas with a smile on your face, but that smile could have developed into a hearty grin had the length been snipped especially in second half. Jimmy Sheirgill, Piyush Mishra and Sonakshi are the top the reasons of why you should visit this sequel.

Ratings: 3 on 5
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 2.5 on 5
Screenplay: 2 on 5
Music / Background Score: 2 on 5

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